File this under Holy Crap, You Cannot Be Serious: Yesterday, President Bush appointed Kevin Sullivan as White House communications director, after Sullivan spent a year as an assistant secretary of communications for the Department of Education. He replaces Nicolle Wallace, who announced last month she was leaving the White House. Yeah, yeah. What does that mean, and why should you care? Well, apparently that means White House press secretary Tony Snow's looking to revamp how the White House handles TV, since Sullivan used to be senior vice president for media relations at NBC Universal. But why should you care? Because Sullivan used to do the exact same thing for...YOUR DALLAS MAVERICKS.
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Yup, that's the man we all call Sully, all right--our old pal, the guy who watched the Mavs go for 11 wins during the 1992-'93 season, one of the nicest humans you will ever meet. Sully. In fact, when he left the Mavericks after 18 years of loyal service in 1998, I wrote him outta town with a good-luck-we'll-miss-ya farewell column; not every PR person in the world deserves one of those, trust me. Now he's making as much as Karl Rove and Scooter Libby, and now he's working for the president, who has this to say about Sully: "Kevin's considerable communications experience and sound judgment will be a valuable asset for our country. He will be a part of our effort to continue to keep America safe and our economy strong. I'm pleased Kevin is joining the White House team." For once, I agree with the president wholeheartedly. --Robert Wilonsky